VIJAYAWADA: Is it the end of the road for Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan in politics? Will he be back to tinsel town and engage in his old profession — acting? Kalyan, who contested from Bhimavaram in West Godavari district and Gajuwaka in Visakhapatnam district, has tasted defeat at both places.
In Bhimavaram, he came second by snaring a vote share of 32.43 per cent, with YSRC candidate Grandhi Srinivas, against whom he went ballistic during the run-up to elections, secured 36.78 per cent.
In Gajuwaka, Kalyan was relegated to the third position with a vote share of 28.6 per cent, while Palla Srinivasa Rao of the TDP came second with a vote share of 28.87 per cent. YSRC candidate Tippala Nagi Reddy won the Assembly segment by capturing 38.12 per cent votes.
As the results started emerging on Thursday, Jana Sena office in Vijayawada wore a deserted look. The party leaders, expecting such a situation, have asked the party activists not to come to Vijayawada from the districts.
Before elections, Kalyan was expected to bag Bhimavaram by virtue of his charisma and, of course, the caste factor. As he is from the Kapu community, it was expected the party would corner most votes from that community. However, the poll verdict proved these predictions wrong. Neither charisma nor the Kapu factor worked in the Jana Sena chief’s favour. Immediately after April 11, it was expected that Kalyan had chances of winning Gajuwaka as compared to Bhimavaram. But, yet again, these predictions too were proved wrong — he came third in Gajuwaka.